Oct 26 2013
By Shaymaa Adel
Azzaman, October 26, 2013
There will no more cuts in electricity supplies from the national grid, said Electricity Minister Abdulkarim Aftan.
“The days of power outages are gone forever,” Aftan declared in a press conference. “From now on, Iraqis shall not witness any interruption in power supplies even for a few seconds.”
The minister, who probably has received more criticism from the local press than any of his counterparts for chronic power outages, was upbeat about the future of power supplies in the country.
Only a few months ago, major Iraqi cities run without electricity sometimes 20 hours a day.
But Aftan said major power plants were now on stream and older ones have been revamped and rehabilitated, leading to substantial increase in generating capacity.
Aftan said the whole country was now receiving 24-hour supply of power from the national gird a day.
“I want to assure Iraqis that there will be no return to power outages regardless of the season of the year,” he vowed.
The minister was referring to summer, in which demand for electricity soars in the country as temperatures brush 50 degrees centigrade.
Aftan’s remarks point to a success story though its realization has taken much time, effort and resources.
There will certainly be many in Iraq who will doubt Aftan’s reassurances that there will no more power cuts.
There are fears of insurgents mounting special attacks on pylons and feeding stations to disrupt supplies.
The national grid, Aftan said, currently produces 13,000 megawatts, the highest ever in Iraq’s history.
He said by the end of 2014 the grid will generate 18,000 megawatts.
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